Title: In Five Years
Author: Rebecca Serle
Thoughts: I am mad. I am mad because I started this book thinking that it was a cute happy love story about a girl who realized she wasn’t with the right guy and found her way and instead here I am a day later laying on my couch SOBBING BECAUSE OF THIS BOOK. WHY DID NOBODY TELL ME THIS BOOK WAS SAD? Cute, yes, but happy love story I THINK NOT. I didn’t expect the plot twists in this book, but that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy them. And I loved that the most important love shown in the book was not the love between any of the couples, but the fierce love that defines the friendship betewen Dannie and Bella. This is a quick read, but also, I still can’t stop crying. You’ve been warned.
“I need the morning. There’s something about being the first one awake that feels precious, rare.” (p. 105)
“‘I’m going to fight for you, but I need you in here with me.'” (p. 133)
“‘You mistake love. You think it has to have a future in order to matter, but it doesn’t. It’s the only thing that does not need to become at all. It matters only insofar as it exists. Here. Now. Love doesn’t require a future.'” (p. 183)
“I used to think that the present determined the future. That if I worked hard and long, I’d get the things I wanted. the job, the apartment, the life. That the future was simply a mound of clay waiting to be told by the present what form to take. But this isn’t true. It can’t be.” (p. 225)
“I look out on that view. The water, the bridge, the lights. Manhattan on the water, shimmering like a promise. I think about how much life the city holds, how much heartbreak, how much love. I think about everything I have lost there, this fading island before me.” (p. 230)